Italian Marvin Vettori beat UFC middleweight ranking number 4 Jack Hermansson. He beat one of the best in the world and hit his fourth victory in a row, taking away all certainties from the opponent one after the other and immediately putting his hands on the match.
And when referee Herb Dean raised his right hand, he had the Italian flag in his left. And on the face the tears of the strong, of those who are climbing the rankings one sport two steps at a time. Vettori played a great box ignoring the kicks that the Swede uses to keep distance, and after a minute and a half he is about to close the contest because he enters the opponent's face with a right-left and throws it down.
Then he seeks submission but is hasty, brings home good punches but gives Hermansson time to recover. He thus understands that the match must bring him to the ground, as soon as he succeeds he gets hold of Vettori's leg who, however, stages a defensive clinic and prevents him from any dangerous action.
Here Marvin's masterpiece is clear: one by one he demolishes the certainties of the Swede, he dismantles his strategy piece by piece like a Lego. It is seen even in his worst round, the third, that Hermansson clearly wins but without closing his much-loved clinch in the leg.
Vettori said at the end of the match: "For all the Italians who suffer, it was really important to me." The reference is to the pandemic, which has hit our country hard and also the loved ones and the career of Vettori, who flew from California in March in London to find out a few hours later that his fight against Darren Stewart had just been canceled.
In the third round I was tired, then in the fourth and fifth I gave all my energy. I did exactly what I wanted: a boxing match, I knew that in these circumstances I would have an advantage. I do not feel well, this is the truth.
I have the impression that I have not done a good job. Or rather, I feel that I could have done more, but he is really tough. I knocked him down in the first round and I thought it was over, but he recovered."
Yoel Romero released from UFC after seven years
Some days ago our writer Sead Dedovic told you how Yoel Romero is no longer a member of the UFC!
The 43-year-old Cuban veteran was reportedly left with three more fights under contract, but the collaboration was abruptly terminated and one of the top middleweight fighters will continue his career in another organization.
His manager Malki Kawa is grateful for the opportunity which was given to his fighter and does not seem to resent the UFC as an organization in the decision to end their cooperation. However, many organizations will be in the game now and it will be interesting to see who will decide to sign a contract with him.
"While we didn't expect Romero's stay in the UFC to end like this, we are grateful for the opportunity Dana White, Hunter Campbell, and Mick Maynard have given him over the years. He is ready to move on and continue a career, and we are already negotiating with other organizations, ”Romero manager Malki Kawa commented for ESPN.
His arrival at UFC The ‘Soldier of God’ in the UFC arrived in 2013 and immediately recorded eight consecutive victories. His series stopped in 2017 when he was defeated by Robert Whittaker in Las Vegas by a decision of the judges in the fight for the temporary belt.
Already in his next appearance, Yoel had a new opportunity to become the interim champion. In the meeting with Luke Rockhold, he registered a victory by knockout, but he 'fell' on the scales, so he could not even become a champion.
After that duel, Romero recorded three defeats, attacking the 'real' title twice in that period. At UFC 225, he was again left without a chance to become a champion due to unprofessional weighing, but in the end, it didn't really matter because Whittaker beat him in the return match.
This time by a split decision of the judges. This was followed by a defeat by Paul Costa, despite which he gets a new opportunity from the UFC, but in March 2020, the current champion Israel Adesanya was more successful than him after 25 minutes of fighting.
Now Romero and his manager will have to think carefully about the next destination that would be best for him.
There will probably be a lot of offers for Romero who has made a name for himself in the UFC so he will be in an unenviable position. Romero will be especially motivated to be good in another organization and to show the UFC that they have lost a good fighter that they will miss.
After finding a new organization, Romero will continue to fight and prove himself, and it will be interesting to see the continuation of his career in another organization.